Wine Times Hong Kong: Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay

Published Wine Times Hong Kong, 8 July 2016. Image credit: Craggy Range. Recently I attended a tasting of Craggy Range wines from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand’s North Island. Chief Winemaker, Matt Stafford, led us through a selection of Pinot Noir from the Te Muna vineyard in Martinborough together with the Le Sol and Sophia wines from TheContinue reading “Wine Times Hong Kong: Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay”

The Drinks Business: S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale

Published The Drinks Business, 20 June 2016. Image: S. C. Pannell cellar door in McLaren Vale. Image credit: Richard Lyons. To kick-start the month of June Cellarhand distributors held a tasting with McLaren Vale winemaker Stephen Pannell of the eponymous label S. C. Pannell. We were treated to an extensive representation of wines under this label,Continue reading “The Drinks Business: S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale”

The Drinks Business: Delamain Cognac

Published The Drinks Business, 22 April 2016. Trade is at the very heart of the Bordeaux region in France and just to the north of the city of Bordeaux is the home of Cognac, one of France’s most well known brandies – the other coming from Armagnac, to the south of Bordeaux. For centuries trade hasContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Delamain Cognac”

The Drinks Business: The art of blending

Published The Drinks Business, 7 April 2016. Maurice O’Shea. Credit: Mount Pleasant Wines. The art of blending and the ability to assess individual parts, commit them to memory and create a vast library of aromas, flavours and structures from which to draw on at a point in the future is a unique talent. It is oneContinue reading “The Drinks Business: The art of blending”

The Drinks Business: Chalmers Project – the Italian connection

Published The Drinks Business 11 March 2016. Merbein Vineyard, Murray Darling. Credit: Chalmers Wines Australian wine is enjoying something of a makeover on the international stage, with the reputation of wines from this great southern land increasingly gaining ground in consumer awareness for both quality and diversity. Fundamental to the diversity of the Australian portfolio areContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Chalmers Project – the Italian connection”

The Drinks Business: Maria Luz Marín, Chile

Published The Drinks Business, 25 February 2016. Viña Casa Marín Lo Abarca. Image: Viña Casa Marín During a recent visit to Australia, Maria Luz Marín of Viña Casa Marín sat down with me in Melbourne for a chat before a tasting of her wines, hosted by South American wine specialists Untapped Fine Wines. Looking backContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Maria Luz Marín, Chile”

The Drinks Business: Side Projects

Published Wine Times Hong Kong, 21 December 2015. Chat with any winemaker and you are likely to find they have a barrel or two tucked away dedicated to that special project – a side project – representing their latest experiment and quite often, something rather special when it makes it to the glass. The notion ofContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Side Projects”

The Drinks Business: The Inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards

Published The Drinks Business 23 November 2015. (Image credit: Australian Women in Wine Awards) The first Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) took place across the country on Tuesday 17 November. The idea, from The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society founder Jane Thomson, was inspired by her attendance earlier this year at the first Global Symposium forContinue reading “The Drinks Business: The Inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards”

The Drinks Business: A seminar with Pedro Parra

Published The Drinks Business 12 November 2015. (Image credit: Pedro Parra Chile) The role of soil in relation to different characteristics present in wine together with the use of the word minerality as a wine descriptor are topics of much discussion in the wine industry. Articles such as the recent Drinks Business review of a study negating soil based mineralityContinue reading “The Drinks Business: A seminar with Pedro Parra”

The Drinks Business: Cape Wine 2015

First published The Drinks Business 9 October 2015. (Image credit: CapeWine 2015) During September representatives from the wine trade around the world arrived in Cape Town, South Africa for Cape Wine 2015. Held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the event is organised by Wines of South Africa (WOSA) every three years to showcase theContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Cape Wine 2015”